This week’s Laois Athletic’s Digest. Read it first every Tuesday in the Leinster Express.
This Sunday, day two of the Leinster cross country championships are being held in Dunboyne, Co Meath with events for U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17, U-19 and intermediate male and female. The final stage of the three county secondary schools cross country takes place in St Laurence O’Toole on Thursday 15th November. It will be run as a relay event. Laois intermediate cross country will take place on the 2nd December in Ballyroan.
The Woodies DIY All Ireland Inter Counties and Even Ages Cross Country Championships are being held next Sunday at Tattersalls Ratoath, Co Meath. This is traditionally one of the most exciting and prestigious of Athletic fixtures to be held every year in Ireland.
Ballyroan Abbeyleix & District AC
There is training Cullahill GAA Grounds at 7pm each Monday evening. Anybody with an interest in athletics/general fitness regardless of age or experience is most welcome. All levels of fitness are catered for. We would encourage and welcome parents especially to bring their children and maybe even participate with them in becoming fit for life.
There will be a group run in Cullenagh each Monday evening at 7pm.
This is an easy run on hills.
There is training each Tuesday evening at 7.30pm at Ballyroan GAA grounds. Anybody with an interest in athletics/general fitness regardless of age or experience is most welcome. All levels of fitness are catered for. We would encourage and welcome parents especially to bring their children and maybe even participate with them in becoming fit for life.
There is a tempo run on hills scheduled for 9.45am each Saturday morning at Oakvale Woods in Stradbally.
There will be a group training run for adults organised for each Sunday morning. Next sunday the run will begin at the Library in Abbeyleix at 9.30am. Distance can be varied depending on ones current endurance but the emphasis will be on an easy pace to suit everyone.
Draw number two in this years’ Members Draw took place in Leech’s pub, Wolfhill on Saturday evening. It proved to be a rewarding night for the Daly gang with Shauna, Conor and Emma sharing the first prize of €1,000 with their uncle Adrian taking the runners up prize of €500.
€100 winners included:- Martin Tynan, Muckalee; Ita Jones, Doonane; Brendan Fitzpatrick, Killeshin; PJ Carter, Kilkenny and Paul & Theresa Byrne, Monavea. The final draw will take place in Behan’s pub, Tolerton on Sunday 25th November. Many thanks for your tremendous support and special thanks to all the promoters.
Stage 1 of the clubs’ Christmas League got underway at the track this week over one mile. The younger members event saw 34 finishers with Brian O’Sullivan coming home ahead of Cara Maher, with Orla Davis 3rd, Ruby Millet 4th, Ciara McDonald 5th, Deana Kealy 6th, Laura Graham 7th, Alannah O’Rourke 8th, Jade Nolan 9th and Caoimhe Fitzpatrick 10th.
The older gang saw 36 finishers with James Moore leading them home in a time of 5:05 followed by a revitalised Dermot Ayres in 5:08, with Francis Fleming (Jnr) third in 5:27 followed by Joseph Barry with 5:36.
Aran Murphy was fifth holding off Dylan Byrne 5:44 with Matt Moore a close seventh in 5:45. Breda Mulcahy was eighth and first lady in 5:46, the same time as Aaron Barry. Cian Kelly finishing tenth in 5:47 from Francis Fleming (Snr) in 5:56.
Round 2 of the league is over 3K on Tuesday 20th November on an open handicap basis. All are welcome to take part.
Hydration the Topic
The importance of being adequately and properly hydrated for events, especially those over a long distance, was forcibly delivered by Brian Bourke from Coaching Ireland at the second coaching clinic held in the clubhouse recently. Unfortunately it was a little late for those doing the Dublin marathon never-the-less all those who attended found it beneficial and well worth while. Thanks to Brian and hopefully we will have another one or two in the New Year on some other interesting topics.
Winter Training Schedule
Senior Training takes place in McCann Park, Portarlington for the Winter months Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7pm. Each session is €2. Juvenile Training takes place on Monday and Thursday evening at 6pm in McCann park.
New Members welcome
New members are always welcome to St Michael’s AC senior Club and Juvenile Club for information about juvenile training contact Bill Devereaux 086-3057563 or Mark Higgins 087-2431154 and for details of Senior Training contact Wes Reilly 085-1252352 or Aidan Mullally 087-6968844.
Sunday Morning Run
The long run on Sunday morning continues at the winter scheduled time of 10am. Meet at the car park in Emo.
St Michaels AC Club Contact Details
Website: www.stmichaelsac.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Facebook: Search for “Michaels AC” send friend request. Contacts: Aidan Mullally Tel 087-6968844, Noel Coss Tel:087-9900840; Wes Reilly Tel: 085-1252352; Mark Higgins Tel: 087-2431154